Below are a selection of messages from President Burstein to the campus community, editorials, and other writings on a variety of subjects. 

A Message from President Burstein & the Board of Trustees (September 11, 2020)

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:26pm
Dear Lawrence Community, I write to inform you that this academic year will be my last at the University. Serving as president of Lawrence for the past seven years has been the greatest honor and pleasure of my professional life. We have accomplished so much together: launching new curriculum and teaching methods; renewing campus infrastructure; and …

Fall 2020 Plans (7/14/2020)

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:04pm
Dear Lawrentians,  After two months of thoughtful collaboration across campus, we announce today that the university will offer all Lawrentians the opportunity to live and learn on campus this fall. We will also provide a distance learning option for the fall term for those who decide not to return to campus, whether it is because of health concerns; an inability to observe all the essential safety protocols described in this letter and …

The Work Ahead (6/10/2020)

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 4:29pm
Dear Lawrence Community,  Thank you for sharing your hopes and frustrations with us individually or in larger community discussions over this past week. We too are experiencing anger and frustration and are at a time in our history when systemic oppression, racial injustice, and police violence are not just on the minds of our Black and other community members of …

A Safe Society for All (6/1/2020)

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:02am
Dear Lawrence Community, Events of the last week have reminded us that as we prepare campus and general society for a new normal in the midst of a global pandemic, other threats to safety exist for members of our community.  Like many of you, George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis left me angry and in pain.  …

Looking Forward to the Fall (5/28/2020)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:20am
Dear Lawrentians, I hope that you and your loved ones are well in your homes, on campus, across the nation, and around the world. Things are going well on campus. But I miss the energy that Spring Term brings when you are all here:  ensembles and theater performances, senior recitals, athletic competitions, research and art …

A Message from President Burstein (3/24/2020)

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:18am
Dear Lawrentians, These have been turbulent times for all of us. I would like to thank all members of the Lawrence community—your patience, ingenuity, and suggestions are helping us transition to distance learning and helping us do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. These have been challenging times for all of us. Guidance …

COVID-19 Update from President Burstein (3/12/2020)

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 9:08am
Dear Lawrentians, Like many of you, I have been carefully following the global outbreak of coronavirus or COVID-19.

Note on Community Approach to Upcoming National Events (2/3/20)

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 9:00am
Dear Lawrence Community, 2020 brings two important moments in civic life: elections at the national, state, and local level, and the completion of the 2020 Census. I want to share information about both of these critical exercises and to ask all members of our community to participate in these important civic events. As we approach …

Sad News About Terry Franke ’68 (1/22/20)

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 9:00am
Dear Lawrence Community, It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Terry Franke ’68 passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 73 with family at his side. Terry served as the chair of Lawrence’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015, a capstone to five decades of service. During this extraordinary service …

Note on the DACA Litigation (11/19/19)

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 9:00am
Dear Campus Community, On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Lawrence was one of 164 colleges and universities from across the country who signed an amicus brief in support of the litigation to uphold the program. While the Supreme …